International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge and Rowing Ireland chooses to challenge gender stereotypes and unconscious bias we have to women in sport participation, coaching and leadership!  

Rowing Ireland are celebrating International Women’s Day and building on it with a week long ‘Women in Rowing’ campaign. 

The first day of Women in Rowing Week, focuses on Leadership and we kick off with our Making Waves leadership series (tonight at 7pm). The first session in the series is ‘Mentoring and Networking’ delivered byEliza Downey, Rugby International and development consultant, with insight from Annamarie Phelps, rowing Olympian, vice-chair of British Olympic Committee and member of European Rowing Board. 

Also, today we have published Rowing Ireland’s current snapshot of Women in Leadership. The following infographic highlights, where we need to improve and where progress has already been made. We currently have 31% female board members and 31% of river clubs and 43% of coastal club committees are female. 

We hope you get behind International Women’s Day with your teammates and your club, post and tag @Rowing Ireland in your efforts, and join our week long celebration of Women in Rowing. 

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